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Towards Port Best Practices

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      What Makes Your Firm Internationally Competitive [Workshop title];MDF III: Voices for Change, Partners for Prosperity;
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      The purpose of this paper is to explore what can be done to improve the efficiency of ports in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region to world best practice standards, and to reduce costs, thereby removing local inhibitors to international trade. This paper addresses both the procedural issues and the institutional issues of port reform, including labour levels and practises. The first part of the paper looks at present practices, local variations in the MENA region, ideas on what constitutes best practice, together with some options on how MENA region ports might achieve that status. Because of the increasing importance of electronic commerce and trade facilitation to port and Customs efficiencies a section of this paper is dedicated to trade facilitation and supporting technologies. The second part of this paper looks at the institutional factors that control port efficiencies. It looks at the role of the port authority and similar organisations; it examines means by which a Government may facilitate the migration from traditional operations to best practices. The implicit theme throughout is that, while isolating specific ports, or port activities for reform, true success will not be achieved without an overall vision for trade process reform. This program should include not just ports, but Customs, Government technical control agencies, shipping and transport companies, trade professionals, traders, importers and exporters. By agreeing a vision for a reengineered trade process, port reform may be placed in its proper context. References were contained in an appendix which is missing from this online version. Tables,. 34 p.
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      Paper presented at "What Makes Your Firm Internationally Competitive" (workshop), Cairo, Egypt, March, 2000.
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